Dental phobia is a genuine feeling that keeps many people from getting the dental care they need to maintain a healthy and beautiful smile. When this happens, it creates a vicious cycle where you only visit the dentist when you have a problem, which usually means you'll need a more complex dental procedure to solve the problem, and in turn, it creates more fear of the dentist.
If this has happened to you, you should know that there are solutions for repairing your smile comfortably where you can relax and feel safe in the dental chair. Sedation dentistry allows our dental team to perform one or more procedures with different levels of relaxation to suit your unique needs.
Here are your options for sedation dentistry in Fort Collins and what you should know to make the right decision to help you feel comfortable visiting the dentist.
Nitrous Oxide: For Light Sedation
Nitrous oxide is also known as inhalation sedation because your dentist delivers it through a mask that you wear during your dental procedure. Nitrous is a gas that works quickly to help you feel comfortable and relaxed during most types of procedures.
This method of dental sedation is safe for both children and adults, and it is the mildest level of sedation that we offer.
Oral Conscious Sedation: For Moderate Relaxation
Your dentist will administer oral sedation through a pill taken an hour before your dental procedure. The medication helps you feel at ease and keeps you comfortable throughout your treatment.
Though you are conscious during your procedure, most patients don't remember anything due to the nature of the medication.
IV Sedation: For Deep Comfort and Relaxation
Patients with severe anxiety, bad gag reflexes, or who may have an interest in completing multiple complex treatment procedures during one appointment might benefit from IV sedation. During IV sedation, an experienced anesthesia specialist will be delivering medication directly into your system intravenously while monitoring your heart rate and vital signs. At the same time, you relax in a sleep-like state.
This is the deepest level of relaxation that we offer, and as with oral conscious sedation, you will need to arrange transportation to and from your appointment and plan on recovering for the rest of the day after your procedure.
To discuss your options for dental sedation, contact Fort Collins dentist, Dr. Jordan Humbert, for more information on which type of sedation may be right for you.